Saturday, October 22, 2016

My PAGE: Put and End to political murders in Kerala: Repeal/ Amend Article 161 of Constitution

My PAGE: Put and End to political murders in Kerala: Repeal/ Amend Article 161 of Constitution

Put and End to political murders in Kerala: Repeal/ Amend Article 161 of Constitution

Kerala state is once again witnessing a spree of poitical murders. Every other day a horrifying news and visuals comes out, about the death of yet another young man, hacked to death by rival political gang. What could be wrong? How come the perpectuators and commiters of these gruesome murders get away without any fear of the Law?

Article 161 in The Constitution Of India 1949 which says about "the Power of Governor to grant pardons, etc, and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases The Governor of a State shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence against any law relating to a matter to which the executive power of the State extends"

The misuse of the said article is one the reasons for the perennial problem of political murders in the state.

Kerala is a state which is known for its literacy and human development index ,measuring up to to likes of US and European countries. But the state is also equally infamous for the gruesome political murders happening year and out. The T.P.Chandrasekharan murder, is a perfect example of a main stream political party recruiting professional killers to murder a popular leader who had deflected from the party and formed a new rebel group. Shri Chandrasekharan was hacked to death, in May 2012, his face suffering 51 gashes in man hunt. The judicial trials are over and 12 people had been found guilty and have been and sentenced to life imprisonment for the political murder. The police and prosecution are doing a reasonably good job in nabbing the culprits and bring them to books and proving their guilt. But that does not matter eventually.

Unfortunately these convicts who have a very active kind of political backing, do not have to worry about enduring a life sentence in the jails, because, as soon as the main stream political parties, either Left or Right, assumes office alternatively every five years, the criminals get acquitted by the misuse of Article 161 by the party in power . The political clout of the murderers is usually so intimidating that, unlike the usual convicts, they enjoy a VIP treatment in the jails, due to support of the highly partisan and polarized police force and the government servants of the state.

Why should the State Executive have a power to interfere and subvert the judgement of the Judiciary at all? What purpose does this serve the state in anyway other than sabotaging the rule of Law?

A similar case of mis-use of the article happened in the neighboring state of Tamilnadu, where the chief minister Shri M.Karunanidhi, during his previous tenure released 1451 convicts sentenced to life, on the eve of his birthday.

Another relevant blatant instance of misuse, is the release of the former Electricity Minister of Kerala, Mr.Balakrishan Pillai, before his term, who was sentenced for one whole year rigorous imprisonment by the verdict of Supreme Court of India in 2011, for conspiracy in the Edamalayar Hydro electric Project case. The former minister being the leader of a political party with just 2 MLAs, but crucial for the survival of the government, could get away with a lesser term in jail due to the intervention by the state government.

Thus it is a rude and terrible fact that political murders in Kerala are going to continue unabated as long as the state governments have the power to interfere with the tenure of convicts in jails. Certianly the situation could be more worse in the case of some of the other North East states also.

The Article 161 and hence the power of the State Governments in this regard has to be repealed with re-enactment so as to prevent the release of convicts before their term, as part of political agenda of the ruling party. I hope the law makers recongnise this and make the necessary efforts to initiate a change.

This petition will be delivered to:

Honourable President of India
Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Honourable Chief Justice of India
Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur
Union Minister of Law and Justice
Shri Ravi Sankar Prasad

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My PAGE: PRSEC/E/2013/06044

Monday, April 18, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Human rights, For a baby


Honourable Shri Justice Cyriac Joseph
Acting Chairperson, NHRC
Respected Sir

Thanking you for the your enlightening talk on Lok Sabha Channel, today.  I wish you all the more success in your quest for spreading Human rights' awareness.

in the capacity of a civilian citizen, I have a rather disturbing incidence to report, belonging to  Human Rights violation of a baby.

At the Vytilla Junction, which is the entrance to the Cochin city, one of the biggest traffic junction, which caters to most  traffic to and from Kochi city.

On 14th of this month, while  waiting in my car for the signal, at 10:30AM, I was approached by a young lady in her late teens, for a sale of a lottery ticket. She was carrying on her shoulders, a baby whom she was having totally covered and hidden by a thick cloth.
I did purchase a ticket from her and in an earnest gesture to find out the condition of the child on her shoulders. asked her to lift the cloth cover.

I was shocked to see a sleeping child of one to one and half years of age, fully drenched in sweat, again wrapped inside another cloth, The baby was  asleep as though it had been  drugged.
There is no chance that a small baby would sleep in that searing Sun of the 10:30AM, in a bright and sunny day. 

One redeeming quality I found from the young lady was that she was not into begging for money. Also, that she did not think twice in taking off the cloth from me the baby. The woman did not understand any  Malayalam language that I spoke to her, but could understand my Hindi very well. Thus, it is obvious that the lady is  a typical gypsy kind of family of wanderers from the Northern states of our country. At this rate of torture and dehydration, the child might not survive long.  Various possibilities include :-
1. The reason for the insensitivity to the child's plight may be because the child might have been stolen from somewhere and the woman might be a part of a racket , trying to earn sympathies and sale of lottery.

2. Maybe the lottery itself is fake and a big Mafia is behind a new form of begging in the form of Lottery ticket sale.

3. Maybe the child is hers, but she is so young and un-educated to know the implications of the torture to her baby.
4. The lottery business, run by the state, has been under lots of criticism in the recent years for it supposedly being subverted by the interstate  lottery Mafia.

I am attaching a copy of the Lottery Ticket along with this E-mail, hoping that it might help to track down the lady and the baby for rehabilitation.

I contacted the 1098 number of the child helpline and did inform about this incident. Though the helpline personal did inform that they would look into the matter and check out on the area for  the lady and the child and would take steps to rehabilitate the woman and the child. The helpline personnel have taken my cell number. But I have not received any response from them yet.
I understand the constraints of the machinery of the helpline system. 

I wish that  esteemed establishment will take up the issue in an earnest way and will help in saving  young ladies and children from being used for any form of trafficking, and also find ways to rehabilitate these women and children.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My PAGE: PRSEC/E/2013/06044

My PAGE: PRSEC/E/2013/06044

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My PAGE: Grievance for Registration No: PRSEC/E/2015/02779

My PAGE: Grievance for Registration No: PRSEC/E/2015/02779

Registration Number:PRSEC/E/2015/02779
Name Of Complainant:Nataraj S Narayan
Date of Receipt:25 Mar 2015
Received by:President's Secretariat
Forwarded to:DCP (North Distt)
Contact Address:Dy. Commissioner of Police

Near Vidhan Sabha, Civil Lines

Contact Number:01123817012
Grievance Description:Subject: Six year old Child Missing Honorable President of India I request to consider and redress the issue of a 22 year old lady from Kerala, by name Fathima, daughter of Subaida, Moolai Veedu,Near Pazhasshi School, Matthannoor, Karuvachal, Kerala. This woman, Fathima is has registered a case at Chandni Chowk Police Station,Delhi, regarding the loss of her six year old daughter, who was stolen from her hands from Delhi Railway Station. The said incident happened in November last year, and till date the lady has not got back her child. Fathima being a poor and illiterate lone woman, she was taken refuge on November 15th at "Prayas Bharathi Trust", Patna. The police have foresaken her as of now, claiming that she has no photo of her missing child, despite the fact that 2 of the miscreants who snatched away her child were nabbed by the police. The incident of missing child happened in Delhi. The "Prayas Bharathi Trust", Chair person Ms. Suman Lal has all the infomation about this woman. The sad situation is that the woman cannot go back to Kerala and is desparate about getting her Six year old child back in her arms. Her father has passed away long time back and is a destitute without support from her husband. She had been to Kashmir on a visit to her uncle, along with her daughter and was on her way back to Kerala, when her uncle left her at Delhi Railway station. Respected sir, the story has been reported in the 'Mathrubhumi' Malayalam daily newspaper on the 12th page, dated 24-3-15, yesterday. Kindly understand that the it is the worst nightmare of any parent endure the heart rending tragedy of a child going missing, that too a girl child. Please help Fathima and get her child back to her.
Current Status:CASE CLOSED
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Date of Action:25 May 2015
Details:DPCOP reported that The matter was enquired through ACP/Kotwali, which revealed that a case vide FIR No. 861/14 u/s 363 IPC was registered at PS Kotwali. In this case accused namely Abhishek (husband of Fatima) was arrested but despite best efforts missing girl could not be traced. Efforts are being made to trace out the missing girl.